MABEN – It was senior Codie Silver's night on the mound and at the plate.
East Webster beat Caledonia 12-2 in six innings Saturday night in the East Webster Spring Break Tournament.
Silver pitched four innings, giving up only three hits and two runs and striking out five batters.
"He's a strike thrower," East Webster head coach Wes Johnson said. "He is a competitor on the mound and we like to have him out there."
Silver takes the mound every time he is given the ball with the same attitude.
"I just did the same thing I try to do every game," Silver said. "I went out there and threw strikes. I just try to sneak it by people and throw strikes."
The Wolverines got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when Codie McKee led off with a single to left field. He stole second and eventually scored on an error by the Confederates. Dillon Henley scored on another Caledonia error.
"We came back and we hit the ball that game," Johnson said after a loss in game one of the day. "We threw strikes like we were supposed to. I was pleased that they did bounce back and play like they were supposed to."
After the Wolverines added a run in the the third inning, the Confederates found some offense in the fourth and cut the lead down to 3-2.
East Webster exploded with a six-run bottom of the fourth to ensure a victory. It was highlighted by Connor Burton's RBI double.
"That is pleasing to see at this point in the season," Johnson said of his team's offense in the fourth inning. "They expect to win, they felt it getting close and felt like they needed to turn it up."
Silver led off the bottom of the fifth with a home run to the gap in left field.
"They brought in a guy and I knew he was going to try to throw strikes to get ahead," Silver said. "He got down 2-0, he threw me a good pitch and I just pulled the trigger on it. I got it lucky, got it out and got it up."
Silver and his teammates came out with a different attitude in the night cap after a tough loss to Calhoun City in the first game of the day.
"We don't like losing," Silver said. "Coach Johnson told us it was an embarrassing loss so we came out here and did our best. (We) came out here with a better attitude and ready to play."
Brennan Sparks was the lone Wolverine with multiple hits with two.
MABEN – The Eagles struggled early in the game to find themselves offensively, but found some in the bottom of the fourth.
Cain Young broke up Trojan pitcher Chase Clark's perfect game when he singled up the middle.
He later found the plate on a single.
"We started a lot of young guys," Eupora head coach Lee Berryhill said. "Right now all of our guys are sitting around waiting on somebody else to light a spark. With a lot of young guys like we got, each one has got to do there part. They can't wait on somebody else. They have to step up and get the job done. It doesn't matter what age you are."
Young started for the Eagles and pitched five innings. He was fairly effective, but Bruce made him pay with the lack of his command on his curve ball.
"He spotted his fast ball pretty good, but he struggled with his curve ball," Berryhill said. "Bruce was looking at fast balls waiting on it and it got him in trouble because he couldn't locate his curve ball."
Bruce's Wiley Maddox homered to to begin the top of the fourth to give the Trojans a 3-0 lead.
Young was the only Eagle with multiple hits.
Eupora fell to 3-3 for the year and play East Webster Monday night at 8:15 p.m. in the spring break tournament.
Calhoun City 3,
East Webster 2
MABEN – The Wolverines dropped a disappointing decision in game one of the tournament.
"We didn't do the little things it takes to win ballgames," Johnson said. "It got us beat. We didn't get bunts down, we made errors on defense and we beat ourselves."
The Wildcats scored one in the first, fourth and seventh innings.
East Webster was able to plate a run in the bottom of the seventh, but it was a little too late.
Burton got the complete game loss. He struck out seven batters.
Henley recorded multiple hits with two.
The Wolverines saw their record move to 7-4 after the two games. They will be back in action Monday in their tournament.